Ever tried to clean your windows but it seems like the store bought glass cleaner just isn’t cutting it? There is a reason why. It takes more than Windex and paper towels to achieve awesome results.
In this article, we will show you 5 steps to getting spot free windows for your home.
Step 1: Remove and Clean the Screens
You can clean the screens with a brush or with the water hose. Sometimes this can be tricky because if you don’t clean the screen evenly, often times they can leave brush marks.
If using the hose, lay the screens down on the ground or against the wall then spray them. Be sure to brush and spray the screens evenly on each side then flip over and repeat the process for each screen.
Lay the screens upright against the wall so they can dry while you are cleaning the windows.
Step 2: Remove Large Debris and Spider Webs etc.
The next thing you want to do is remove large debris, like spiderwebs, dirt clumps and large dirt particles etc. from the windows. It also helps to take a brush and clean the outside track as well while it’s dry.
Step 3: Wash the Window
This is probably the most important step. The reason why you might be unhappy with using basic glass cleaner and paper towels is in order to properly remove the dirt from the window, there needs to be a gentle agitation. This agitation will be loose in the dirt to help leave your windows flawless.
This can be done by using a mixture of 1 gallon of water, vinegar, and Dawn dish soap. Don’t use too much soap, because it can be a pain to get off later. Usually, a teaspoon will be plenty.
Apply the soapy water using what commonly called a mop. Not the type of mop you use on the floor, but rather a T-bar mop that especially created for Window Cleaning.
Step 4: Squeegee the Window
The next thing you want to do squeegee the window. You can buy a squeegee from Home Depot or any home improvement store.
Apply the squeegee to the glass and pull either from top to bottom or from side to side. This method is called a straight pull.
Do this as many times as needed until you have squeegeed the whole window.
Step 5: Wipe the Frames & Corners
More than likely in you will have a few runs out of water around the edges of your window. Quickly grab a clean dry towel wrap it around your finger. Wipe around the edges in the frames of the windows to wipe off any excess liquid.
Repeat the process as needed until the windows are complete. We suggest starting on the outside only then cleaning the inside of the windows or cleaning all the inside windows, then finishing with the outside of the windows.
Step 6: Reinstall the Screens (Optional)
After you have completed cleaning the inside and the outside of the windows, now you can reinstall the screens on the windows.
Be sure to take note of if the screen came off from the inside or the outside.
Pace yourself, although it can seem easy, this is hard work and can take hours to complete depending on the size of your house.
But don’t give up! It’s worth it! When do you have clean windows, you will never want to go back!